Nine Inch Nails declare freedom from record labels

Another band jumps off the music biz's sinking ship.

Published October 9, 2007 4:45PM (EDT)

Last week brought news of Radiohead's parting ways with the recording industry for its new album. Now another band has jumped the sinking ship.

In a post yesterday on the band's site, Nine Inch Nails' frontman Trent Reznor declared, "I've waited a long time to be able to make the following announcement: as of right now Nine Inch Nails is a totally free agent, free of any recording contract with any label."

Reznor seemed to promise something like Radiohead's direct-to-fans model of record sales:

I have been under recording contracts for 18 years and have watched the business radically mutate from one thing to something inherently very different and it gives me great pleasure to be able to finally have a direct relationship with the audience as I see fit and appropriate. Look for some announcements in the near future regarding 2008. Exciting times, indeed.

Nine Inch Nails Dumps Record Labels, Going Direct to Fans [Gizmodo]
[Flickr picture by jonklinger.]

By Farhad Manjoo

Farhad Manjoo is a Salon staff writer and the author of True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society.

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